Sebelius Warns that Kids have No Immunity to Swine Flu

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Full classroom, August 19, 2009. Local school systems are working to minimize the threat of H1N1 flu. (WRDW-TV)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius is urging parents to get their kids vaccinated against the swine flu, calling it a "younger person's flu."

Sebelius made the rounds on the morning news shows to step up the Obama administration's campaign for vaccinations, and to fight fears that the formula was too hastily prepared and isn't safe.

Sebelius says the inoculation is "safe and secure" and assured parents it "has been made exactly the same way seasonal vaccine has been made, year in and year out."

Some 600 people have died in the U.S. from the virus and Sebelius warns that "kids have no immunity to the flu."

She says the government has identified five target populations: pregnant women, health care workers, children with underlying health conditions ages 6 months to 24 years and older Americans with underlying health conditions. That's roughly half the population.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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